OECD "The outcomes of the OECD Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy”

4 December 2008 - A Open Forum on Other in Hyderabad, India


The OECD held a Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy in Seoul Korea (17-18 June 2008), in conjunction with three non-governmental stakeholder Forums (16 June 2008). The Seoul Ministerial, the first such OECD event in Asia, attracted 2300 participants. This included the President of Korea and the Korean Prime Minister together with some 22 Ministers, 8 Deputy or Vice-Ministers and 25 Ambassadors from 43 countries, along with leaders from the private sector, the Internet technical community, organised labour and civil society. The Ministerial meeting and forums outcomes are available at: www.oecd.org/futureinternet. At the 3rd IGF an Open Forum will be held, to report and discuss the main outcomes from the OECD Ministerial Meeting and Forums, where they relate to the themes of the Internet Governance Forum. In respect to governance this would also include a discussion of the multi-stakeholder participation in public policy processes as developed in the context of the OECD Ministerial. 

The panel includes representatives of the stakeholder groups participating in the Ministerial.

Chair: Ambassador David Gross, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, United States 


  • OECD member country representative: Peter Voss, Head of Division, International Policy for Information & Communication Technologies, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany
  • OECD member country representative: Tom Walker, Director Europe and International, BERR, United Kingdom
  • Non-member economy representative: Gulshan Rai, Director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India 
  • Business: Joseph H. Alhadeff, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle Corporation (United States), Chair of BIAC's Information, Computer and Communication (ICCP) Committee, Vice Chair of ICC's Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms.
  • Civil Society: Katitza Rodríguez Pereda, Public Voice Coordinator.
  • Internet technical community: Bill Graham, Strategic Global Engagement, Office of the President, Internet Society (ISOC).
  • Organised labour: Marcus Courtney, Head of Department, UNI Telecom Global Union.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: the OECD brings together 30 governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world. The OECD also shares expertise and exchanges views with more than 100 other countries. In May 2007, OECD countries agreed to invite Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia to open discussions for membership of the Organisation and offered enhanced engagement, with a view to possible membership, to Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. Non-governmental stakeholder communities that took part in the OECD Ministerial meeting and stakeholder forums: 

  • Business : The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has coordinated the involvement of several global business organizations in the Ministerial including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Information Technology Association of America/ World Information Technology and Services Alliance (ITAA/WITSA), Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe), Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), and Federation of Korean Industries (FKI). The Business Stakeholder Forum has presented a vision for the future Internet, focusing on fostering growth, investment and innovation throughout the entire Internet ecosystem for the benefit of Internet users and society in the broadest possible manner. In laying out the road to 2018, participants at the Forum have discussed: The Converging Economy: Growth Models for Connectivity, Services and Devices; Creativity Innovation and the Participative Web; Enhancing and Ensuring Confidence and what governments need to do to make the vision a reality.
  • Internet technical community: Acting as a liaison, the Internet Society (ISOC) coordinates the participation of 17 major technical organizations [1] in the preparation of the ministerial conference, as well as in the OECD’s work relating to Internet issues that follows the 2008 ministerial. The Internet technical community is actively engaged in the preparation of the OECD ministerial conference. The organizations participating come from a wide range of entities from around the world. They work with governments, national and international organizations, civil society and the private sector to pursue their objectives in a collaborative and inclusive manner. While each has its own mission and its own role to play, the Internet technical organizations are motivated by a common vision of an open and accessible Internet bringing shared economic and social benefits to all the world’s citizens in the future.
  • Civil society: Civil society is active in promoting Internet governance models and policies supporting openness, diversity, democracy and respect for human rights. Key policy issues discussed at the OECD Civil Society Forum include Internet human and political dimensions, open standards, network neutrality, access to knowledge, preservation of the public domain, privacy, and consumer protection online. The preparation of the forum was conducted through a large international participation in the framework of the Public Voice coalition, and was coordinated by a reference group, composed of the Association for Progressive Communications, Consumers Korea, European Digital Rights Initiative, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Internet Governance Project, Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, and Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.

[1] List of Internet technical organizations involved : http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/issues/oecd_ministerial.shtml

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